By Michael Calvert
In a game that would be a premiere regular season matchup, the Hawks took on the Pens at home in preseason game #2. Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa, and Evgeni Malkin did not suit up for this game, so it lacked a lot of the star power this matchup normally would present. Toews was out again with injury and is expected to be back for preseason game #3 against Washington on Friday.
1st period: The Hawks opened the scoring with a very nice Leblanc takeaway and feed to Patrick Sharp. Sharp put a beautiful wrister past Voukun.at 5:19 in the first. Roughly four minutes later the Pens evened the score 1-1 on a Derrick Pouliot shot that 5 holed Khabby and could possibly be described as soft. Six minutes later the Pens strike again on a Joe Vitale putback at 16:53. The Vitale goal ended the scoring for the first period.